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52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada

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Celebrating Guelph’s stories!

The Guelph Civic Museum showcases Guelph’s history through permanent and changing exhibits, a fun and interactive families gallery, and special events and activities.  Located in the recently renovated Loretto Convent, atop the hill at Norfolk Street and beside the landmark Church of Our Lady, the museum is home to a collection of over 30,000 artifacts that bring Guelph’s past to life.

2012

Guelph Civic Museum opens at 52 Norfolk Street, the former Loretto Convent.

2000

The “Growing Up in Guelph Children’s Museum” opens at the Civic Museum. The popular children’s gallery attracts many more visitors and significantly increases the number of family memberships.

1980

Guelph Civic Museum opens at 6 Dublin Street South, a commercial limestone building built c.1855. The building had many uses over the years but was most recently known as the Knights of Columbus Hall.

1967

Canada’s Centennial Year. The Museum opens in its first home in the horse stables, now the Farmer’s Market.

1960’s

Members of the Guelph Historical Society begin to collect artifacts and displays are mounted in store fronts and community centres.

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June 2017

To The Gathering Place

June 24, 2017 @ 10:00 am - January 7, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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RECEPTION: FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 6:30 PM From the Attawandaron Nation that gathered to farm and trade, to the most recent newcomers journeying from across the globe, Guelph has been shaped and enriched by the individuals and families who have traveled to it. Through personal accounts, artifacts and images, To the Gathering Place presents an engaging selection of stories of those who have searched for new beginnings in Guelph. Guest curated by Lisa Hunter. Funded in part by the Government of…

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July 2017

Wednesday Wonders

July 26
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An event every week that begins at 12:00am on Wednesday, repeating until August 30, 2017

Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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  Join us each week for presentations by special guest stars! Every Wednesday in July and August, 11 AM & 1 PM   JULY 12              Wonders of Weather with Let’s Talk Science JULY 19              Great White North Adventure with Hands On Exotics JULY 26              Bucket Drumming with percussionist Adam Bowman AUGUST 2         Fire Safety (11 AM) & Guelph Fire Truck and Crew (1…

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Fourth Friday: Ian Bell

July 28 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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To celebrate Canada at 150 and Guelph at 190, Guelph Museums presents Fourth Friday: Oh Canada Concert Series. Kick off your weekend with a performance by Ian Bell! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 PM, and performance at 7 PM. Visitors can explore all exhibitions, including To The Gathering Place, A Ripple Effect: Canadians & Fresh Water and Wall of Art: O Canada. Ian Bell has none-the-less performed across…

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August 2017

Tiny Tot Thursday: Storyteller Jan Sherman

August 3 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Join us on the first Thursday of each month for Tiny Tot fun! Drop in for organized songs, crafts, and games for children one to four years old and their caregivers. Circle time is at 11 AM. This month’s theme, storytelling with special guest Jan Sherman!

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John Galt Day

August 5 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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  Family fun to celebrate Guelph’s founder.   Admission by donation.

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FREE

Fourth Friday: Don Amero

August 25 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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To celebrate Canada at 150 and Guelph at 190, Guelph Museums presents Fourth Friday: Oh Canada Concert Series. Kick off your weekend with a performance by Don Amero! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 PM, and performance at 7 PM. Visitors can explore all exhibitions, including To The Gathering Place, A Ripple Effect: Canadians & Fresh Water and Wall of Art: O Canada. Don Amero is a powerful stylist,…

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September 2017
FREE

Fourth Friday: Annakin Slayd

September 22 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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To celebrate Canada at 150 and Guelph at 190, Guelph Museums presents Fourth Friday: Oh Canada Concert Series. Kick off your weekend with a performance by Annakin Slayd! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 PM, and performance at 7 PM. Visitors can explore all exhibitions, including To The Gathering Place, Canada Eh and Wall of Art: Standing Guard. Annakin Slayd aka Andrew Farrar is a writer/director/actor/musician from Montreal. He…

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October 2017
FREE

Fourth Friday: Andrew Craig

October 27 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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To celebrate Canada at 150 and Guelph at 190, Guelph Museums presents Fourth Friday: Oh Canada Concert Series. Kick off your weekend with a performance by Andrew Craig! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 PM, and performance at 7 PM. Visitors can explore all exhibitions, including To The Gathering Place, Canada Eh and Wall of Art: Standing Guard. Andrew Craig is a true Renaissance man in the arts: singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer,…

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November 2017
FREE

Fourth Friday: The Cocksure Lads

November 24 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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To celebrate Canada at 150 and Guelph at 190, Guelph Museums presents Fourth Friday: Oh Canada Concert Series. Kick off your weekend with a performance by The Cocksure Lads - Mike Ford and Murray Foster! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 PM, and performance at 7 PM. Visitors can explore all exhibitions, including To The Gathering Place, Canada Eh and Wall of Art: Standing Guard. In 2010, Murray Foster and former…

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December 2017
FREE

Fourth Friday: D’eve Archer

December 22 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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To celebrate Canada at 150 and Guelph at 190, Guelph Museums presents Fourth Friday: Oh Canada Concert Series. Kick off your weekend with a performance by D'eve Archer! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 PM, and performance at 7 PM. Visitors can explore all exhibitions, including To The Gathering Place, Canada Eh and Wall of Art: Standing Guard. Blending musical elements of her Jamaican heritage, with her small town Canadian…

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